[Irtalk] Enhancing research through international collaboration - University World News

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Tue Nov 19 12:22:04 SAST 2013

Quality higher education can only emerge when the research dimension in
universities is improved. How can graduate education, as a precondition for
research in Africa, be strengthened?

Han Aarts and Heinz Greijn of Maastricht University, in the 2010 book
Higher Education and Globalisation – Challenges, threats and opportunities
for Africa, argue clearly for embedding higher education and research
within international knowledge networks, while catering for local needs.

“The question then is how to organise education in such a way that learning
globally contributes to the capacity to address needs locally.”

The importance of international collaboration in higher education and
research should always be made explicit.

*Universities should also be enabled to become 'engines of development’.
This model sees the university as one of the core institutions in national

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